Last year I attended the event Social Cities of Tomorrow in Amsterdam. One of the speakers at the event was Usman Haque, founder of Pachube (now Cosm). He spoke about Pachube as an online hub for open and distributed data collection for the Internet of Things. Thousands of sensors are hooked up to this network and data pours in from all corners of the world. A real time sensor data stream of the world. Last night I watched a talk by Haque from Strata 2012 on open data and the internet of things. It raises some interesting questions considering how we should design the internet of things regarding openness and ownership. This is what you can expect in 10 minutes of presentation:
When data is generated through activities of people doing things inside their homes and outside in public in their cities, the question of who owns the data becomes almost irrelevant next to the questions of who has access to the data, what do they do with it, and how do citizens manage and make sense of their data while retaining the ‘openness’ that we’ve seen drive creativity and business on the web over the last few years.